[chirp_users] Recommendations on "under $400.00" hand-held

Glenn K0LNY glennervin at cableone.net
Wed Apr 22 08:07:11 PDT 2020

As do I.
The first one I got went bad so Radio Shack gave me a replacement, and the 
newer model they replaced it with was one that could not be modded.
I'm thinking that the earlier 202 models could be opened up for more 
frequencies, but not the later model that I now have.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill KA8VIT" <ka8vit at ka8vit.com>
To: "Discussion of CHIRP" <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com>; "NE1EE - 
Rich" <NE1EE at hotmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 7:46 AM
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Recommendations on "under $400.00" hand-held

Actually, the Radio Shack HTX-202s were manufactured by a Korean Company 
named Maxon.

The design was based on the Icom IC-2AT which Tandy bought and then 

Maxon was known for their lack of quality control.

That being said, both the HTX-202 and the HTX-404 were great radios.

I too still have my HTX-202.

73 - Bill KA8VIT

> On April 21, 2020 at 4:32 PM NE1EE - Rich <NE1EE at hotmail.com> wrote:
> On 2020-04-21 23:12:+0300, you wrote:>I am still using my motorola maxtrac 
> that was manufactured in the 70's!!
> There is something to be said for not upgrading unless you want to, and 
> then there is the attraction of some of the newer inexpensive gear. But I 
> still use my Radio Shack HTX-202 (1990s?). Bought it new, and don't regret 
> it. RS made some good, if unattractive, gear. It is a solid performer, but 
> old enough that it does not play well with the new radio management 
> software. I still use it for dedicated ops, like and APRS & up/downlink 
> for high alt balloon missions. That way I don't tie up another radio for 
> that, and I can count on its solid signal to control the instrument 
> package @ 35km. But I admit that my BaoFeng are great for supporting local 
> volunteer ops, especially when I can exchange an event-specific chirp 
> image with the group, and we can all be on the same page. I just cart 
> along my laptop, and sync all our radios.

Bill Chaikin, KA8VIT
USS COD Amateur Radio Club - W8COD
WW2 Submarine USS COD SS-224 (NECO)

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